This is the current situation at Brussels airport (5/4/ Protected content . There is also a specific website in English available:
- the airport is open again
- there are only a very limited number of flights open, and only for Brussels Airlines. Monday 4/4, they scheduled about 20 flight movements (IN and OUT), on Tuesday this is increased to 100. Each day they evaluate the current checkin-process.
- every successful day should add a number of flights, giving priority on long-hauls to the US and Africa first.
- More and more airlines are returning to Brussels: KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, Ryan Air, ... Check with your airline if they are already back: it could be that your flight is not yet operating from Brussels.
- so, if you have a flight this week, check the status on their website.
- you can ONLY access the airport through car or taxi. There are NO trains or busses going there at the moment. The closest train station is Zaventem, a 25 min walk away. Perhaps there are also taxis available there? They expect to restore train service to the airport very soon.
- expect at least 2 hours (or 3 hours if you fly outside of Schengen) for the whole process...
- your car's licence plate will be scanned when accessing the driveway
- spot checks of cars can happen on the way in
- you can only drive to car park 2, where you can park or be dropped off.
- Accompanying persons in the car: for DEPARTURES they have NO access to the check-in zone and have to leave immediately (less than 10 mins = free "parking" so no cost). For ARRIVALS: this zone is accessible for accompanying persons, they can park their car in P2. The arrivals zone is still the same as before.
- as far as I could see, NO suitcase trolleys are allowed in the check-in zone. You will have to roll in your own suitcase(s)!
- when entering the check-in zone (a big tent) you will be checked again, including a scan of your luggage. Have your ID papers and a printed version of your itinerary ready. E-Tickets on cell phones are not accepted, so print them out beforehand!
- if you have only hand luggage you can check-in online beforehand a go straight through to the next zone.
- you might have to drop off your checked luggage at a central point after check-in.
- after check-in you have to go to the "connector" building taking you to terminal A. You will have to climb 55 steps with your hand luggage. There is a lift, but this is reserved for passengers with reduced mobility, families with buggies and elderly people. The steps will lead you to the third security check, of you hand Luggage (same process as before).
Be patient is the message!